How the sale could affect new contracts is unknown. It is expected that the Tigers will bring tens of millions of dollars in annual sales in their next local broadcast rights deal.
Tigers games dominate local TV ratings and have been among the best in baseball for years. They have experienced some decline as the team has had problems over the past few seasons, but the network said it has continued to grow with its Stream target group.
Fox Sports Detroit has been broadcasting Tigers games since 1998, when it acquired broadcast rights from the now-defunct Pro-Am Sports System, which at the time was owned by Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. of the Washington Post Co. has about 3.6 million subscribers in Michigan. Less than 2,000 households in Michigan have no access to the network, the network said.
Data from Kagan, a media research group within S & P Global Market Intelligence in New York City, predicted before the 201
According to Kagan, Fox Sports Detroit charges $ 5.80 per subscriber as a fee to cable and satellite providers. The fee is passed on to consumers in their monthly bill, and the FSD average is the second-best price after only $ 6.40 per month computed by the YES network. Detroit's fees exceed Spectrum SportsNet LA's monthly average of $ 5, which is shared by the L.A. Dodgers and Charter. The team will receive $ 8.35 billion in a deal over 25 years through the network, starting in 2014.
Bridging the regional sports networks to regulate regulators seems to be a small price for a massive business.
Disney offered $ 52.4 billion for Fox assets last year, but competing deals doifed the price. Disney will be 21st Century Fox & # 39; Film & Television Studio, Cable Channels FX and National Geographic, Fox & # 39; 30% stake in Hulu and its 39% stake in British satellite service Sky, the Indian satellite TV group Star India and other assets.
These assets generated $ 19 billion for Fox last year, the Department of Justice said.
What remains of Fox are the Fox News Channel, the Fox Business Network, the Fox Broadcast Network, FS1 and FS2, and the Big Ten Network.